This month’s release of release of “Jobs” the biographical drama film starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs shows our continuing interest in this extraordinary leader. Jobs disrupted and redefined the music, smart phone, computer, and related industries.
Jobs’ large legacy resulted from a few outstanding strengths that many called genius. The new film, previous books, and articles have also documented a darker side or the weaknesses of this remarkable leader. He’s an exceptional example of what our research clearly shows: profound strengths can neutralize and overshadow a leader’s weaknesses.
This has deep and revolutionary implications for developing leadership skills. Typically leadership development, performance management, and other approaches to improvement are built around fixing weaknesses. Our research shows that building leadership strengths:
In his latest Forbes column, The Big Lessons About Leadership From Steve Jobs, Jack Zenger explains; “the research is clear, however, the most effective leaders are not the ones without flaws, nor are they above average on every leadership competency. Neither of those paths leads to great leadership. The winning ticket: Like Jobs, you must possess 3-5 competencies in which you excel.”
Tomorrow (August 28) Zenger Folkman is rebroadcasting their webinar The Fascinating Case of Steve Jobs — Can Profound Strengths Overwhelm Flaws? Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman will delve into the history of Steve Jobs’ and Apple’s success. They will discuss:
Click here to register for this complimentary webinar.
[…] Even the greatest leaders have weaknesses. Think of historically great leaders like Churchill, Gandhi, Kennedy, Lincoln and the like. These were not perfect human beings. Many had big weaknesses. We outlined more recent examples in “Steve Jobs Showed How Towering Strengths Overshadow Weaknesses“. […]
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